FreelandBuck pavilion in Palo Alto documents life “over the course of one day”

FreelandBuck has installed a pavilion in a Palo Alto plaza comprising triangular panels imprinted with images of the public enjoying the same site on a day last year. Cache Me if You Can is on view in front of the Palo Alto City Hall. Its exterior is printed with images that chart the movement of […]

Creamy whites and crushed gravel decorate Los Angeles’ Noto Botanics store

Architects Tyler Thomas and Gabbi Sun of Venn Studio have paired “masculine-feminine, hard-soft” details inside this cosmetics store for a unisex beauty brand in Los Angeles. Thomas and Sun, who work at local architecture practice Venn Studio, designed the aesthetics of the shop to represent the philosophy of Noto Botanics – a brand founded by Gloria […]

Lateral Office lights up New York City Garment District with “immersive urban instrument”

Canadian studio Lateral Office has installed 12 oversized seesaws that light up and make sounds on the streets of New York City‘s Garment District. Impulse occupies the pedestrian plazas on Broadway Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets. While on display, the block is closed to vehicle traffic. Visitors are encouraged to ride the playground-style pieces, […]

Stonehill Taylor designs retro Connie bar inside a plane at JFK’s TWA Hotel

US firm Stonehill Taylor has turned a restored 1950s plane into a cocktail bar for the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport. The Connie cocktail lounge forms part of the transformation of Eero Saarinen‘s modernist terminal building into a lounge and hotel last year. Stonehill Taylor – which designed the hotel guest rooms – outfitted […]

Thompson Washington DC hotel subtly draws on city’s nautical past

New York studio Parts and Labor Design has taken cues from Washington DC‘s maritime past to create the interiors of a hotel in the city’s Navy Yard neighbourhood. Thompson Washington DC is an 11-storey hotel by New York-based Studios Architecture with interiors by Parts and Labor Design. Located in the city’s southern Navy Yard neighbourhood, the hotel […]

Soft Schindler​ installation of works by architects and artists contrasts modernist The Schindler House

This exhibition of works by architects and artists installed at Rudolph Schindler’s house in West Hollywood, California takes the fraught relationship between the architect and his wife as its theme. The Soft Schindler​ exhibit features works by 14 architecture studios and artists that intend to add softness to or contrast with the house, which the […]

Bright yellow Friedman Benda exhibition explores comfort in furniture

A chair made from loaves of bread and a toilet-cum-sink are among the objects on display in an exhibition at Friedman Benda that aims to find a “new form of pleasure” in furniture. All of the objects are on display in a room with yellow walls and plush yellow carpeting to create an experience that […]

New York governor Cuomo unveils revitalisation plan for Erie Canal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and UK firm Buro Happold have revealed a masterplan to overhaul the state’s Erie Canal with public parks, residential areas and commercial hubs. The Reimagine the Canals Task Force Plan, unveiled this week at Cuomo’s annual State of the State address, is a $300 million (£230 million) proposal to revitalise the […]

ISA builds Philadelphia apartment complex XS House with “extremely narrow footprint”

Architecture studio ISA has built a slender housing complex in Philadelphia by making the most of a plot of land about the width of a parking spot. XS House is a six-storey apartment building in the city’s Chinatown neighbourhood, alongside a busy highway called Vine Street Expressway. It is located on a narrow plot of land that […]

Bates Masi designs Kiht’han house on Long Island to endure periodic flooding

US firm Bates Masi Architects has lifted this New York home above the ground and added lower-level screens to let water pass underneath, helping ensure that “flooding becomes a non-threatening event”. Named after the Mohegan tribe’s word for ocean, the Kiht’han house is located in Sagaponack, a seaside village on Long Island. The home sits […]

Studio Drift exhibits interactive works based on birds and dandelions in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery is staging an exhibition of works by Studio Drift that aim to showcase the “intersection of nature and technology”. DRIFT: About Nature, Technology and Humankind features site-specific installations that explore the intersection of nature and technology DRIFT: About Nature, Technology and Humankind features site-specific installations and video presentations of projects […]

Brutalist Marcel Breuer building in Connecticut sold to become hotel

IKEA has sold a brutalist tower by Marcel Breuer in Connecticut to a local architect and developer, who plans to turn it into a zero net energy boutique. Connecticut developer and architect Bruce Becker, who runs Becker and Becker, purchased the Pirelli Tire Building in New Haven from the Swedish furniture giant for $1.2 million […]

Angular terrace tops Clive Wilkinson’s self-designed Los Angeles home

Los Angeles architect Clive Wilkinson has designed his own family home atop a hilly site to draw cues from nearby modern dwellings that resemble “spaceships on stilts”. Located in West Los Angeles, the property is the home of Wilkinson, his wife, and three children. “Wilkinson had always yearned for the slightly surreal opportunity of designing […]

Hacker Architects builds High Desert Residence in volcanic Oregon landscape

Fragmented wood-clad walls enclose outdoor patios that wrap this remote Oregon house by local firm Hacker Architects. High Desert Residence is a four-bedroom holiday home in Bend, Oregon designed for an active couple. “This house is designed as a regular weekend sanctuary, and a getaway for their extended family – a place where everyone can […]

Three gabled volumes form Wisconsin home by Collective Office

US architecture practice Collective Office “updated the rustic farmhouse typology” for this house in Wisconsin, which comprises three gabled units clad in black metal siding and shingles. The Chicago studio completed the countryside dwelling atop a grassy hill in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for a couple who had restored the surrounding prairie. Much of the grassy […]

In Good Company installs huge lights in A/D/O courtyard

A curved, golden mirror ideal for taking selfies is among the large light fixtures that Brooklyn designer Fernando Mastrangelo‘s In Good Company has placed into the courtyard of Brooklyn hub A/D/O. Bailey Fontaine created Rattrap to comment on selfie culture Six designers from In Good Company, Mastrangelo’s platform for emerging artists, were commissioned to create a […]

Herringbone brickwork covers Chinese restaurant The Tang in New York by New Practice Studio

New York firm New Practice Studio chose red brickwork as the main material for this Chinese noodle bar in the city’s Upper West Side to reference Beijing’s hutongs. The local architecture practice designed the interiors for The Tang – which serves up dishes from Sichuan, Hunan, and Beijing – around a fusion of East and […]

Snøhetta gets go ahead for public garden at Phillip Johnson’s AT&T building

Snøhetta has been granted planning permission for an indoor garden at New York’s 550 Madison, which forms part of its overhaul of the postmodern tower. Snøhetta‘s proposal for the indoor public garden on the ground floor of the 37-storey office building was approved by the New York City Planning Commission this week. The garden is […]

Le Corbuffet cookbook includes recipes for Rem Brûlée and Denise Scott Brownies

A Mies van der Roe Dip, an Odile Decquiri cocktail and Florence Knoll Rolls are among the recipes in a tongue-in-cheek cookbook by New York artist Esther Choi. Choi’s Le Corbuffet book, which takes its name from 20th-century architect Le Corbusier, includes 60 dishes and drinks influenced by well-known architects, designers and artists. Le Corbuffet […]

SHED updates mid-century modern home with “strong bones” in Seattle

An early 1950s dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that was originally built for cartoonist Irwin Caplan has received a sensitive refurbishment by American firm SHED. The house sits on a sloped site in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighbourhood, with quick access to public transportation and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Dating to 1951, the home was possibly designed by […]

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